Can Cataracts Cause Blindness?
The visual deterioration caused by cataracts can be worrisome. Those that have experienced the loss of clear vision and other worsening cataract symptoms may wonder if they are destined to become blind. Dr. Ernest Kornmehl, an experienced cataract surgeon at Kornmehl Laser Eye Associates, discusses the possibility of that happening in this post.
The Truth about Cataracts and Vision Loss
Cataracts that are left untreated can progress to the point that they lead to severe vision loss and possibly blindness. In fact, cataracts are a leading cause of blindness among older adults. As the eye’s naturally transparent lens ages, the proteins that make up the lens start to clump together, creating areas of cloudiness. Over time, these areas spread. Because of the cloudiness, light cannot properly pass through the lens and focus on the retina. As a result, vision becomes blurry or dim. Cataracts can also cause bright colors to look dull and faded, and problems with glare from bright lights or the sun.
Avoiding Blindness from Cataracts
Currently, there are no medications or eye drops that can treat cataracts and restore clear vision. The only way to avoid severe vision loss and possible blindness from cataracts is to have them surgically treated.
Cataract surgery is a very short and safe procedure; in fact, it is the most commonly performed operation in the country. During the surgical operation, Dr. Kornmehl gently breaks up the natural clouded lens into small pieces and removes them from the eye. Then, he implants a pre-selected artificial lens to replace the natural lens and restore clear vision. Dr. Kornmehl offers a variety of premium IOLs with special features; some are designed to reduce dependence on glasses after cataract surgery, whereas others can treat pre-existing conditions like astigmatism.
Learn More about Cataract Surgery
If you are experiencing the symptoms of cataracts or have recently been diagnosed with cataracts, you don’t have to lose your precious vision. With the expertise of a cataract surgeon like Dr. Kornmehl, you can reclaim clear vision after cataracts and enjoy a better quality of life.
To learn more about cataract surgery, please contact us by calling 1-877-870-2010 or emailing Kornmehl Laser Eye Associates and request a cataract consultation.